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Dear patients,

Dr Peter Tabor will be leaving the practice on the 21st of January. Dr Tabor has been with the practice for many years and is a much-loved GP and member of the team at Fitzrovia Medical Centre.  We want to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the practice, especially helping us to navigate through some challenging times during the pandemic. We wish Dr Tabor all the best in his future endeavors. 

Temporary change to fit notes

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

If you are concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP.

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or loss of smell or taste but also a "bad cold"), you should NOT attend the surgery

  • We can still provide advice over the phone 
  • We can arrange for our patients over 12years old with symptoms of COVID-19 to be seen our sister surgery
  • You can find information for self-care here

Which COVID test do I need?

The following free tests are available on the NHS. They are not for travel purposes.

PCR tests are required if you have ANY of the following symptoms: 

  • a new cough (dry or not) 
  • a new loss of smell or taste 
  • a fever  

As new COVID variants can present with different symptoms, you should also consider a PCR test if you have 

  • diarrhoea 
  • a sore throat 
  • a new headache  
  • a cold

If you talk to a GP, they may also recommend that you take a test for other symptoms. 

You should isolate and order a PCR test from https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or call 119 

Rapid tests (lateral flow device) done at home

They are NOT reliable if you have symptoms of COVID

Some employers provide them so that can screen yourself twice a week

As of 14/12/2021, as COVID-19 infection rates are very high and the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, the self-isolation advice for contacts of people with COVID-19 has changed to reduce the risk of spread to others.

Anyone aged 5 years and over, who has been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 and who is not legally required to self-isolate, is now strongly advised to take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. If any of these LFD tests are positive they should self-isolate in order to protect other people.

Please note that if you are not vaccinated against COVID and have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you have to isolate whatever the LFD result is.

You can order these tests from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests , call 119 or find a local site to collect from.

We are making appointments for your annual flu vaccine! Please telephone or pop into the practice to make your appointment

Dear patients -  our email address has changed to - clccg.fitzroviamedicalcentre@nhs.net this is due to London now being part of one CCG. Please note this email address is not for prescriptions or for clinical queries. 

Have you been in hospital with Covid 19?  Are you interested in taking part in a study? if so click Here

Covid-19 Booster!

If you are eligible for a Covid-19 booster and you have been invited please click here to book your appointment online

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Protect yourself and others this semester by joining the millions who have had their COVID-19 vaccine.

Although society has opened up, coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and infection rates remain high across London. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the risk of serious illness and has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against the virus.

Getting fully vaccinated will help you to travel more easily, avoid self-isolation, and may be required to enter some larger events and venues.

Coronavirus vaccination clinics are available between 10am and 5pm at King’s College London this September and October, and Imperial College London this October. Walk-in appointments are available, but booking is recommended to guarantee your appointment.

Please bring your student ID with you. There is no requirement to have any other ID or an NHS number.

It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine. The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers a level of protection, but to get the maximum protection you must get a second dose. Your second dose must be at least 8 weeks after your first

Due to the national shortage of blood bottles with immediate effect we are sorry to announce we will be unable to provide routine bloods until further notice.

We are, however, able to offer urgent blood directed by the clinician, which will be marked on your clinical notes. 


In line with NHS England guidance, Facemasks and social distancing is still mandatory in GP practices from the 19th of July.  

When you come into the practice, please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing.

We will still be operating a 4 patients in the waiting room policy and reception will ask patients to wait outside to avoid overcrowding. If you do not have a face covering, please ask reception and they can provide you with one. Thank you 

PROOF OF VACCINE REQUESTS

The NHS App will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday 17 May 2021.

A paper version will also be available by calling 119.

You do not need to telephone your GP Practice to ask about the vaccine passport as they are unable to provide vaccine passports and it’s essential we leave phone lines free for people who need medical assistance. 

The NHS App is separate to the NHS COVID-19 App, which is used for contact tracing.

You can already use the NHS App to book appointments, repeat prescriptions and see your full medical records.

Your vaccine passport will only show when you have had both doses.

If you don’t have the NHS App, download the NHS App now. It will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021.

If you already have the NHS App, it will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021. You do not need to do anything.

If you have the NHS App and get a message to say you need to contact your GP Practice, this is an extra option to get full access to your medical records in the NHS App. To get access to your full medical records in the NHS App, you need to contact your GP Practice and request access to your detailed coded record. Please avoid calling your GP practice at peak hours when people are trying to book appointments, and if possible email the team. The GP Practice will take appropriate time to action your request. This is completely separate from the vaccination information and will not affect your access to the vaccine passport.

If you are planning to travel, please register to use the NHS App at least two weeks before travelling.

The paper letter should be requested at least five days after a second vaccine, and can take up to five days to arrive so make sure to leave plenty of time if you need it to travel.

NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM

As a practice we have listened to our patient feedback and the challenges faced when calling into the practice. On the back of this feedback, we have installed a new telephone system. Patients will now be aware what number they are in the queue and will have the option to request a call back if you do not wish to hold on the line. All incoming and outgoing calls are now recorded for training and monitoring purposes. 

EMAILED PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS 

Please be aware as of the 1st of June patients are advised not to email in their prescription requests as the mailbox is not always monitored. Reception will ask patients to either sign up to  the NHS app to request prescriptions online or to come to the surgery to order your medication.  

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING YOUR OPT-OUT IS SEPTEMBER 2021

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery by September 2021.

The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations to support health and care planning and research.
If you do not want your personally identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.

To register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out) you can download the form from the link below and then returning it to the surgery before the deadline of June 23rd 2021

Type One Opt out Form

Cervical Screening Clinics in Extended Hours Hubs

Cervical screening only clinics are now available in Extended Hours hubs. These are held at Westbourne Green Surgery every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, and every Sunday at Connaught Square Practice from 9am to 1pm.

Please call the practice or use our eConsult service to arrange.

APPs Offering Access To GP At Your Convenience

Note that using these apps will lead to you being taken off the Fitzrovia Medical Centre list as you would have virtually signed up with a new GP. This means your records will be sent back to NHS England and that if you wish to be seen here, you will have to go through the registration process again.

Proof of vaccination 'vaccination passports' - Available from 17th May
  • People travelling abroad will be able to use the NHS app to prove they have been vaccinated. Please direct patients to download the app to access their records. It is advisable to include this information on your website to direct patients. Those who cannot use the app can contact 119 to request a letter. Please see this link to help you and patients find out more information (last updated 7th May):
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

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